Sundance review: "Toy's House"
Published: January 22, 2013 07:56AM
Updated: January 20, 2013 12:22AM
Classmates Pat (Gabriel Basso, left), Biaggio (Moises Arias, center) and Joe (Nick Robinson) strike out on their own in the comedy "The Kings of Summer," which played under the title "Toy's House" at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

"Toy's House"

U.S. Dramatic

***1/2 (three-and-a-half stars)

Teen rebellion takes some strange turns in director Jordan Vogt-Roberts' sharp comedy. Joe Toy (Nick Robinson), at 15, is fed up with his sarcastic father (Nick Offerman). His best friend Patrick (Gabriel Basso) is equally tired of his dorky parents (Megan Mullally, Marc Evan Jackson). So they, along with oddball classmate Biaggio (scene-stealer Moises Arias), build their own ramshackle house in the woods and start living off the land -- a great plan until Joe's crush, Kelly (Erin Moriarty), enters the picture. Vogt-Roberts sets a kicky pace, and draws from a hilarious ensemble that includes Alison Brie and Mary Lynn Rajskub. But the MVP here is Chris Galletta's script, which is as knowing of teen emotions as it is acidly funny.

-- Sean P. Means

"Toy's House" screens again: Monday, 11:30 a.m., Prospector Square Theatre, Park City; Thursday, 3 p.m., Eccles Theatre, Park City; Friday, 9 p.m., Tower Theatre, Salt Lake City; Saturday, 11:30 a.m., Prospector Square Theatre, Park City.